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Senate to consider $90k for conviction

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Robert Lee Stinson, 44 (facing camera), walked out of the New Lisbon Correctional Institution in street clothes and hugged his sister and members of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) Robert Lee Stinson, 44 (facing camera), walked out of the New Lisbon Correctional Institution in street clothes and hugged his sister and members of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is set to consider a bill that would increase compensation for a wrongfully convicted man.

Robert Lee Stinson was convicted in a 1984 slaying of a Milwaukee woman. He spent 23 years in prison before his conviction was overturned, partly because bite marks on the body didn't match Stinson's teeth.

Stinson asked the state claims board for $115,000, or $5,000 for every year he spent behind bars, as well as $14,000 in attorney fees.

The board awarded him $25,000, the maximum compensation for a wrongful conviction under state law. The board recommended state pay him another $90,000 to get him to $115,000.

The bipartisan bill would pay Stinson the additional $90,000 from the state's general fund.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday.

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